Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ghost Story (1981)

Directed by:
John Irvin

Four elderly men (Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and John Houseman) are haunted by the ghost of a woman that they murdered fifty years earlier. There's some atmosphere, it's well-budgeted, has a great cast of vets (it was the last feature film role for three of the four leads) and a haunting performance from Alice Krige as a seductive, ghostly woman who comes into the life of one of the men's adult sons (played by Craig Wasson) and makes good use of the snowy New England locations, but at 110 minutes, it's way too long, is pretty slow-going and the dramatic elements are highly uneven. Lawrence D. Cohen adapted the best-selling (and more complicated, far scarier) novel by Peter Straub.

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